Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News November 30, 2019

Security agencies investigating Chinese spy claims

Despite the furore over new allegations of Chinese espionage and interference, experts are urging a cautious response, saying there are many questions yet to be answered.

News November 23, 2019

‘I’m the tip of the iceberg…’

Charleene Mundine has battled for months trying to find out how thousands of dollars disappeared from her children’s NDIS account.

News November 16, 2019

Scott Morrison imposes discipline

Scott Morrison has gone on the front foot, rewriting the cabinet handbook and setting the agenda for how decisions in his government will be made.

News November 09, 2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

The agency’s watchdog, tasked with unravelling the breach, has echoed growing concern about flawed and confusing new anti-terror laws.

News November 02, 2019

Former AFP chief eyes water officials

New Murray–Darling Basin inspector-general Mick Keelty is pushing for tough expanded powers to get answers from those responsible for the river system’s chaos.

News October 26, 2019

Morrison government paid empathy consultant $190,000

In a week of senate estimates marked by obfuscation, one official revealed the cost of teaching bureaucrats to interact humanely with farmers facing drought.

News October 19, 2019

Albanese juggles Labor frictions

While the ALP pushes for reform of its troubled NSW branch, the opposition leader faces dissent from federal allies aligned to the party’s Right faction.

News October 12, 2019

Crackdown on large cash transactions

While the government’s proposal to restrict large cash payments is intended to limit criminal activity, opponents of the bill – including some of the Coalition’s own MPs – warn the legislation could ensnare ordinary citizens.

News October 05, 2019

Trump call pulls Morrison into US scandal

As Donald Trump faces the threat of impeachment, Scott Morrison is carefully balancing his responses to the US president’s request for assistance.

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